Choosing to go meatless one day a week will make a big impact on your carbon footprint. Meat and dairy production generate large amounts of greenhouse gases. Explore vegetarian dining options once a week to delight your tastebuds and shrink your footprint.
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Treating and pumping water costs energy. In fact, 3% of our nation's energy is used for water, and producing energy creates greenhouse gases. Installing low-flow appliances and switching off the faucet will reduce your impact.
Composting your yard and kitchen scraps reduces greenhouse gases that build up in landfills.
Generating the power required to heat and air condition your home leads to climate change. When you leave home or go to bed, turn your thermostat to a more neutral temperature. A programmable thermostat makes this easy, and will pay for itself in savings.
If your destination is close, consider walking or biking instead of driving. Every mile you travel with foot power instead of petrol power saves one pound of carbon.
Keep your tires properly inflated. Every pound underinflation uses 6% more gas. And tune up your car. A poorly tuned car can use 25% more gas.
Discounts are available to individuals and faith communities for a wide range of appliances at this Interfaith Power & Light webpage.
Fulfill the ASSESS part of the St. Francis Pledge: Save more energy this year by contacting an energy audit supplier to have your home and/or office audited.
Caulk and seal windows and doors to save energy in the winter and summer.
Instead, get windows crystal clear with a simple solution of two tablespoons of white vinegar with a gallon of water makes an all natural cleaning solution.